Welcome to the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra

Our mission is to enrich, engage and educate through the power and performance of live music.

The vision of the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra serves as a center of artistic excellence; through leadership and partnerships, nourishes spirits, develops intellectual and creative capital, adding value for all.
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Feb 14 - 11:45 am
It's a special day for music lovers...because we're exactly one month away from the Dorothy Vetter Memorial Education Concerts for Fourth Graders! On March 14, over 1800 students will visit Sentry Theater to hear the CWSO perform Link Up: The Orchestra Sings. We are so excited to make music with the fourth graders of Portage, Wood, Waushara, Waupaca, Marathon, and Shawano counties! #orchestrasings



Feb 13 - 3:20 pm
Friends & Favorites Saturday Feb. 23 at 7:30 pm and Sunday Feb. 24 at 4:00 pm



Feb 13 - 11:07 am
The CWSO continues its 70th season on February 23 & 24 with "Friends & Favorites." Under the direction of Dr. Patrick Miles, the CWSO welcomes two guest artists and long-time friends of the orchestra; Susan Bender, soprano, and Michael Keller, piano. Susan Bender, professor of voice at UW-Stevens Point, will perform "Knoxville: Summer of 1915" by Samuel Barber, a poetic evocation from the perspective of a young boy on a warm, humid evening in the American South. Michael Keller, Professor Emeritus of piano at UW-Stevens Point, will perform Gerald Finzi's pastoral masterpiece, "Eclogue for Piano and Strings." The concert will open with Carl Maria Von Weber's "Overture to Der Freischutz, Op. 77", a piece that defines German romantic opera tradition. The concert will conclude with "Firebird Suite"(1919 version) by Igor Stravinsky, originally a 50 minute ballet composed for the Ballets Russes company (under the direction of Sergei Diaghilev) in 1910, later revised into shorter orchestral suites. The story is about the blessing and curse of whomever possesses the firebird, based upon Russian fairy tales. In addition to these works, the winner of 2018-19 "So You Think You Can Conduct" contest, Ellen Hilgendorf, will step on the podium to conduct the CWSO in a surprise offering. The concerts will take place at Sentry Theater, 1800 Northpoint Drive, Stevens Point. Performances are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Entertainment during intermission will be provided by students from the Wausau Conservatory of Music. Tickets are available here: https://cwso.secure.force.com/ticket#details_a0S61000005iBYBEA2
Feb 5 - 2:30 pm
The CWSO would like to announce the winner of our "So You Think You Can Conduct" contest. Congratulations to Ellen Hilgendorf! She received a total of 709 votes! She will be stepping on the podium to conduct the orchestra in a surprise piece at our Feb. 23 and 24 concerts. We'd like to ackowledge all three of our candidates for their efforts in campaigning for the CWSO. Thank you Ellen Hilgendorf, Sean Caldwell, and Tonya Haze!



Jan 29 - 12:27 am
Rehearsal for 1/29/19 is cancelled. UWSP is shutting down.
Jan 24 - 12:22 pm
We're down to the wire with our "So You Think You Can Conduct" competition. The competition ends February 4. The winner will be announced at our February 23 and 24 concerts and make his/her conducting debut! Here is our current tally for votes: Ellen Hilgendorf- 589 votes Sean Caldwell- 292 votes Tonya Haze- 85 votes Have you voted for your favorite candidate? It's not too late! Here is the link: https://cwso.secure.force.com/donate/?dfId=a0n61000007fvKKAAY Just enter the candidate's name you wish to support in the dedication acknowledgement area.



Jan 4 - 9:45 am
TONIGHT at 7:30 pm in Michelsen Hall- come hear some of the finest jazz performers in Central Wisconsin perform an array of works by women composers.



Jan 1 - 1:39 am
The Central Wisconsin Jazz Ensemble is excited to present a concert on January 4 in Michelsen Hall on the campus of UWSP at 7:30pm. We are very excited to celebrate the music of several women composers. Melba Liston, Ellen Rowe, Patty Darling, Mary Lou Willams, Maria Schneider, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Laura Caviani. Tickets are available here- https://cwso.secure.force.com/ticket



Dec 14, 2018 - 4:16 pm
On December 27 and 28 tune in for "Route 51" on Wisconsin Public Radio to listen to Pat Miles (music director of 17 years), Andy Moran (interim music director 2019-20) and Mara Prausa (executive director) discuss the current state of Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra. There's so much on the horizon! Thank you to our media sponsor, WPR, for hosting us! "Route 51" can be heard on 101.3/Wausau, WLBL-FM 91.9/Wausau, WLBL-AM 930/Auburndale, 99.1/Stevens Point, 100.9/Marshfield, WHAA-FM 89.1/Adams-Wisconsin Rapids, WHSF-FM 89.9/Rhinelander Eagle River, WHBM-FM 90.3/Park Falls and WHRM-HD 90.9-3/Wausau Thursdays at 10 a.m. It is also repeated Fridays at 7 p.m. on 90.9 WHRM Wausau. https://www.wpr.org/programs/route-51



Dec 14, 2018 - 3:58 pm
Congratulations to Mary Moran (CWSO principal viola) and Brent Turney (CWSO principal trumpet) on their stellar performance with Mannheim Steam Roller at the Grand Theater yesterday. Our community is so lucky to have such gifted artists in the area.


Feb 14 - 11:45 am
It's a special day for music lovers...because we're exactly one month away from the Dorothy Vetter Memorial Education Concerts for Fourth Graders! On March 14, over 1800 students will visit Sentry Theater to hear the CWSO perform Link Up: The Orchestra Sings. We are so excited to make music with the fourth graders of Portage, Wood, Waushara, Waupaca, Marathon, and Shawano counties! #orchestrasings